CHIPPENHAM TOWN: Glassboys shattered by Harley
BLUEBIRDS midfielder Harley Purnell claims he and his teammates used their off-field worries to find an extra gear against Stourbridge on Tuesday night.
Purnell grabbed his first goal in a Chippenham Town shirt as he found the net with a sweetly-struck effort from range, helping his side claim a fine victory at promotion-chasers Stourbridge.
The Bluebirds were down to the bare bones in the West Midlands but Purnell thinks his side served up the perfect response, with the former Yate Town man delighted with his spectacular winner.
“Knights (Tom Knighton) and Macca (Joe McClennan) have seen it a few times but I’ve only done that on a couple of occasions – I’m buzzing to get my first goal for the club,” said Purnell.
“The manager’s left and we were just getting back to a bit or normality but then Adie (Harris) has left, Mitch (Tippins) has gone and Toby (Osman) is going too.
“But what you find is that when stuff’s against you like that, the whole team just pulls together and you all find an extra gear.
“We knew we had to work for each other and that worked for us.
“I can’t see many teams going up there and taking three points from them and I would have taken a draw. It was a great win for us.
“They were probably the best team we’ve played this year and that was the hardest that we’ve worked but I think that the new formation worked like a dream. We changed it to 3-5-2 and with Joe free, we had it right in midfield.”
Chippenham should have taken an early lead at on Tuesday evening, with Lee Phillips twice charged down by Stourbridge keeper Dean Coleman and Joe Tumelty, making his first full start for the Bluebirds, drilling a shot wide of the target from a great position.
At the other end Ben John produced a superb reaction save to claw away Sean Geddes’ header and the Chippenham goalie was at his best again shortly after half-time to deny Oliver.
McClennan had a curling effort palmed away by the Stourbridge keeper before Purnell stepped up to settle matters in the 82nd minute.
The midfielder received the ball in space outside the area and cracked a strike goalwards, which was too hot to handle for Coleman, with the home keeper only able to divert the effort into the top corner.
Bluebirds substitute Shane Blackmore went close to adding a second for the visitors late on but his header from a corner flashed across the face of the Glassboys goal.
FOR MORE SPORTS NEWS, REPORTS & PICTURES SEE THURSDAY'S GAZETTE & HERALD AND FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @gazsport
Comments are closed on this article.